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Chicago School Board Votes to Close More Schools

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Chicago School Board Votes to Close More Schools

Despite last-minute protests by the Chicago district, the Board of Education voted this afternoon to close down three schools and fire staff at five others.

The board’s decision came after a final string of appeals to spare the schools, which were targeted by the district for low-enrollment, poor facilities, or poor performance.

Many of those who spoke have spent the past month fighting the closures and turnarounds.

Alderman Sandi Jackson of the 7th Ward was among three aldermen who showed up to oppose the closings. She asked board members not to fire all staff at Bradwell Elementary.

JACKSON: Is it in the best interest of our children to remove the entire staff from its principal to the teachers?

Jackson says teachers are second parents for many kids.

The vote to close and overhaul the schools was unanimous.

Audience members still in attendance at the end of the five hour meeting booed the board.

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